"Having greedily drunk the blood of Kufr /Our Caliphate has returned with certainty"
Obama compared Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq and Syria to junior varsity basketball players, downplaying their threat as small-league.
New Yorker editor David Remnick pointed out to the president that the Al Qaeda flag is now seen flying in Falluja in Iraq and in certain locations in Syria, and thus the terrorist group has not been “decimated” as Obama had said during his 2012 reelection campaign.
“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama told Remnick. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”
ISIS aka Al Qaeda in Iraq, has declared an Islamic State and a Caliphate. It may not be able to hold it, but it has a lot more manpower, territory and firepower than the core Al Qaeda ever had.
It's also got a 5-year-plan to take over a whole bunch of places.
The plan may be bunk, but ISIS has people who are really good at social media and they know that bold announcements like these drive recruitment and enthusiasm among Muslims.
Its social media campaign is filled with pledges of allegiance. If it can get enough of those, and there's no reason why it can't after bringing the Al-Nusra Front on board, it becomes the axis of Jihad.
Its Ramadan timing is solid. And it's reached the point where it can credibly promise Jihadis more victories. Even if it can't deliver them, it will have the manpower to at least achieve a stalemate against Shiite militias and whatever Iranian and foreign forces enter Iraq.
"Having greedily drunk the blood of kufr (non-Muslims)/Our khilāfah (Caliphate) has indeed returned with certainty" is the bit of poetry from its announcement.
It's a message that speaks for itself.